Meet the PADI Americas Training and Sales Team

Here are your PADI Americas Regional Training Consultants:

Sebastian Acevedo

Contact: sebastian (dot) acevedo at padi dot com
Region: Latin America
Hometown: Chile and St.Croix
OW Cert Location: St.Croix USVI
First Concert: Run DMC
Working in the Dive Industry: 12+ years
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Great White

Doug Bingeman

Contact: doug (dot) bingeman at padi dot com
Region: CANADA
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
OW Cert Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Favorite Smell: Used Wetsuits
Favorite Food: ribs and beer can chicken
First Concert: White Zombie
Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy
Working in the Dive Industry: 13+ years
How do you start your day at PADI: coffee
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: BearSharktOctopus

Leo Garcia PADI SalesLeo Garcia

Contact: leo (dot) garcia at padi dot com
Region: Latin America
Hometown: San Diego, CA
OW Cert Location: Laguna Beach, CA
Favorite Smell: Sticky Bumps
Favorite Food: Peruvian
First Concert: Bush
First Job: UPS Package Handler
Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium
Working in the Dive Industry: 8+
How do you start your day at PADI:  with a good mix of music
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Angler Fish

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Bob Kuhns 

Contact: bob (dot) kuhns at padi dot com
Region: Midwest
Hometown: Mission Viejo, CA
OW Cert Location: Catalina Island, CA
Favorite Smell: Drag strip burn-outs
Favorite Food: Pizza
First Concert: Cal Jam 2 (1978)
First Job: Machinist
Mild Medium or Spicy: Extra Spicy
Working in the Dive Industry: 29+
How do you start your day at PADI:  laughing
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Blue Fin Tuna

Budd Riker PADI

Budd Riker

Contact: budd (dot) riker at padi dot com
Region: Southwest and Central US
Hometown: Laguna Beach, CA
OW Cert Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Favorite Smell: The Sea
Favorite Food: Coffee
First Concert: Bo Diddly
Mild Medium or Spicy: Yes
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 40+
How do you start your day at PADI: Coffee
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: One that I have not yet met…
My quote to live by: “’Why not?’ is a slogan for an interesting life.” – Mason Cooley

PADI Training and Sales Consultant Ross Neill

Ross Neill

Contact: ross dot neill at padi dot com
Region: Hawaii, Southern California, Central Pacific
Hometown: no real home town…
Born in Germany, grew up in NYC, Amsterdam, Toronto…school Boston…Montreal is last home
OW Cert Location: St Paul, MN
Favorite Smell: Sea Breeze
Favorite Food: any I share with my wife and son…I love to cook
First Concert: Verdi Requiem
Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 11+
How do you start your day at PADI: standing
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Sun Fish…just swam with a Whale Shark

Roger Josselyn

Contact: roger dot josselyn at padi dot com
Region: Florida East Coast/Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands
Hometown: Corona, CA
OW Cert Location: Riverside, CA
Favorite Smell: Coffee
Favorite Food: Coffee
(Because behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee.)
First Concert: Hmm? I’m certain there was a band on stage..
Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy
Working in the Dive Industry: 30+ years
How do you start your day at PADI: Coffee
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: A Mermaid mathematician wearing her Algae-bra!

PADI Americas RTC Genevieve Sparg

Genevieve Sparg

Contact: genevieve dot sparg at padi dot com
Region: Southeast, Bermuda
Hometown: South Africa
OW Cert Location: Sodwana Bay, South Africa
Favorite Smell: Low tide on a cool day!
Favorite Food: Lamb chops
First Concert: UB40
Mild Medium or Spicy: Depends
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 23+
How do you start your day at PADI: With an open mind
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: I have some unfinished business with a certain leopard seal in Antarctica.

 PADI dot employee Jennetta Adams

Jennetta Adams

Contact: Jennetta dot Adams at padi dot com
Region: Northeast US
Hometown: Davis, CA
OW Cert Location: Guam
Favorite Smell: Ocean
Favorite Food: Curry (Japanese only!)
First Concert: New Kids on the Block
First job: Lowe’s
Mild Medium or Spicy: MILD!
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 12+ years
How do you start your day at PADI: LOTS OF COFFEE and jokes!
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Great White Shark

Cody Brooks

Contact: Cody dot Brooks at padi dot com
Region: South Texas & the Caribbean
Hometown: Houston, TX
OW Cert Location: Grand Cayman @ 10 years old
Favorite Smell: Old book pages
Favorite Food: Ice cream
Mild Medium or Spicy: Spicy
Number of Years Working in the Dive Industry: 3+ years
How do you start your day at PADI: With Coffee… always
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Whale Shark

Rob Currer PADI Pacific NW Regional Training Consultant

Rob Currer

Contact: Rob dot Currer at padi dot com
Region: AK, ID, MT, NV, OR, WA, UT Northern California
Hometown: I’m a Navy brat; so I grew up all over
OW Cert Location: Groton, CT
Favorite Smell: Vanilla is rather relaxing but bacon is invigorating.  So it’s hard to choose.
Favorite Food: Maple syrup.  Waffles are great but they are really just a vehicle for the main attraction.
First Concert: Lady Gaga in Denver.  What a show!
Mild Medium or Spicy
: Spicy for sure
Work in the Dive Industry: I was the GM for Patriot Scuba for 5 years before coming to PADI and everyday was fun and challenging!
How do you start your day at PADI: With a big mug of black, black coffee.  Isn’t that how everyone starts the day?
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day: Hammerhead Shark!  It’s been an ongoing struggle.  I’ve been on plenty of dives where they have been in the water with us but I’m somehow always looking the other way.  🙁

 

Penny Janssen

Sales Analyst
Contact: penny (dot) janssen at padi dot com 
Hometown: Newport Beach, CA
OW Cert Location: Catalina Island
Favorite Smell: Pine Trees
Favorite Food: Mandarin Oranges and Cottage Cheese
First Concert: U2 – 1985
Mild Medium or Spicy: Medium
Working in the Dive Industry: 25+ years
How do you start your day at PADI: Lots of coffee
Sea Creature You Hope to Meet Underwater One Day:  Leafy Sea Dragon

22 Replies to “Meet the PADI Americas Training and Sales Team”

  1. bret lorea . .. you were my diving inst. when I was in the army in Hawaii . . my name is Jake Laughlin . . you can reach me at jakelaughlin74@yahoo.com or facebook . . I live in iowa far away from the ocean I have dove seen I left . .

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